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01-02-2014 | Original Article | Uitgave 2/2014 Open Access

Netherlands Heart Journal 2/2014

Prevalence of psychological distress in elderly hypertension patients in primary care

Tijdschrift:
Netherlands Heart Journal > Uitgave 2/2014
Auteurs:
L. Ringoir, S. S. Pedersen, J. W. M. G. Widdershoven, V. J. M. Pop

Abstract

Background

Recent guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention advocate the importance of psychological risk factors, as they contribute to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, most previous research on psychological distress and cardiovascular factors has focused on selected populations with cardiovascular disease.

Aim

The primary aim was to determine the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and Type D personality in elderly primary care patients with hypertension. Secondary aim was to examine the relation between elevated systolic blood pressure and depression, anxiety, and Type D personality.

Design and Setting

A cross-sectional study in primary care practices located in the south of the Netherlands.

Method

Primary care hypertension patients (N = 605), between 60 and 85 years (45 % men, mean age = 70 ± 6.6), were recruited for this study. All patients underwent a structured interview including validated self-report questionnaires to assess depression (PHQ-9), anxiety (GAD-7), and Type D personality (DS14) as well as blood pressure assessment.

Results and Conclusion

Depression was prevalent in 5 %, anxiety in 5 %, and Type D personality in 8 %. None of the distress measures were associated with elevated systolic blood pressure of >160 mmHg (all p-values >0.05). This study showed no relation between psychological distress and elevated systolic blood pressure in elderly primary care patients with hypertension.

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